What It’s Like Inside Spanx Headquarters

Failure is supported — and even encouraged — at the billion-dollar shapewear brand. November 15, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the December 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » When Spanx founder Sara Blakely was young, her father would ask her at the dinner table, “What did you fail at this week?” After sharing her missteps, she’d receive encouragement to keep trying. It’s a lesson she infused in her billion-dollar shapewear brand — to be bold and take risks, because removing the fear of failure can lead to great things. That’s why employees at Spanx are encouraged to work on projects outside their department, and team activities are designed to inspire courageousness. Meanwhile, the company doesn’t take itself too seriously: Puns abound at its Atlanta headquarters, which is home to meeting spaces with names like Booby Trap and Brallywood. The room overlooking a popular burger joint? It’s called […]

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5 Office Space Ideas to Spruce Up Your Business – ShoeMoney

Grey drab cubicles. Brown carpet. Glaring fluorescent lights that give you a headache the longer you work under them. This is how most people think of corporate offices. Your office doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, I’ve been to some pretty stellar workplaces in my time and they all give you a sense of chill. Today we’re going to talk about how you can spruce up your office space and boost productivity a ton. Hire the Best Cleaners A cluttered workspace will decrease your employee’s concentration ten-fold. Are you willing to sacrifice their productivity on the altar of cheap? But before you hire a cleaner, you’d be wise to click here to find out about what to expect from commercial cleaners. Not all are what they seem (just like the owls). Support Local Artists While you don’t want to end up like Pied Piper in Silicon Valley (that’s […]

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How This Business Incubator Thrives Due to Its Inclusive and Collaborative Office

Businesses can network and grow within the sleek office space or Row DTLA. November 27, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars gives a tour of the Row DTLA workspace. At the Row offices, management wants employees to feel that anything is possible.  The open office, made mainly of glass, creates a light and uplifting feel, offering impressive skyline views and sophisticated interior design that makes it feel like part of a college campus. The organization is based on the value of collaboration, and the office is distinctly helpful in further promoting this. To hear more about the Row’s office layout and how it contributes to the functioning of the company, click on the video.  Related: How This Lifestyle Brand President Grew Into Her Leadership Role Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise […]

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Benefits of Setting Your Business Up in a Portable Office Trailer

Ask yourself this: how much office space do you really need? The answer might be less than you think. In the West, we’ve benefited from an abundance of space. Our continent is over 2000 miles across. When I tell my friends in Europe how long it takes to drive to California from my house, they’re amazed it’s only two states away. But space is getting more expensive every day. The average cost to rent office space in New York City is $14,800. That’s about $6.16 per square foot. So, again, I ask “how much office space do you really need?” Maybe now you’re willing to consider an office trailer instead of a dedicated office space. Here are some reasons why you might consider one. 1. Mobile Means Truly Mobile Likely, the trailers you’ve seen are grey boxes attached to construction sites or grey boxes sitting on crumbling cement blocks hidden […]

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Office Space Location: 7 Key Tips for Finding the Perfect Office Space

You and your best friend built a small app. You didn’t expect your idea to take off, but people adopted it and made it grow. Now you’re unable to carry the weight on your own shoulders and need employees. But you guys worked out of your home offices. You didn’t even think you’d need an office space. How do you even go about finding, leasing, and organizing an office space? Today we give you a toolset. These tools will empower you in your journey to a functional and perfect office space. Here’s what you need in order to do that. 1. Begin At a Coworking Space The cost of renting office space can be anywhere between $4k and $14k in the United States. And that’s per employee. If you’re lucky, electricity and water are included. If you’re not lucky, you’ll pay extra. Eventually, you will need your own space. You […]

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What It’s Like Inside DraftKings

The fantasy sports site’s staff celebrates teamwork in and out of the office. September 5, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the September 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » DraftKings really likes its odds. Since launching in 2012, the daily fantasy sports site has raised close to $650 million in funding, and has deftly navigated the thin legal line between skills-based games and gambling. Now the company has finally entered the $150 billion sports betting market, thanks to the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision that allows states to legalize the practice. As a result, DraftKings is betting on itself, evident in its recent hiring spree (employee count has doubled) as well as its new Boston HQ. Designed by IA Interior Architects, the space includes production studios, custom tickers with real-time fantasy salaries and odds, and sports-themed “huddle” spaces. Employees’ time is focused not just on sports but on the community they […]

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What It’s Like Inside Uber’s Innovation Space

The company’s Advanced Technologies Group’s new office fosters collaboration inside and out of work. July 19, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » What does success look like at Uber? The company has famously had its share of scandals, and its IPO earlier this year disappointed investors, but in a letter to his staff, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote that “our true north will be determined over the long term.” Much of that long-term vision is explored here, in a recently renovated industrial complex in San Francisco called Pier 70, which once housed shipbuilders and ironworkers but is now home to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group. The employees in this space work on projects far outside Uber’s core ride-hailing business — they’re designing and developing self-driving vehicles, plans for aviation sharing, and the company’s JUMP bikes and scooters. And they get out of […]

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Do You Trust Your Employees? Your Office Might Be Telling Them Otherwise.

Workers are real people, not robots. Physical workplaces should reflect this. June 12, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You don’t have to be a management guru to know that companies perform better when employees and managers trust one other. Related: The Open-Office Concept Is Dead The data back up this seemingly obvious intuition — and then some. Metrics on trust make up two-thirds of the criteria Fortune magazine uses in its list of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Those companies post average annual returns that are triple those of the S&P 500. Of course there are plenty of ways to foster trust at work, from company retreats to transparent decision-making processes. But one strategy that’s often overlooked is thoughtful workplace design. Office layouts that build trust give employees control over their workspaces — and allow them to dictate how and where they’ll […]

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At Chief, the Club for Female Executives, High-Powered Women Aim to Break the Glass Ceiling — For Good

Take a peak inside the network’s TriBeCa clubhouse, where female execs from HBO, Amazon and Instagram come together. June 4, 2019 4 min read This story appears in the June 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » The statistics are familiar and disheartening: Women in business hold less than 25 percent of all executive positions and less than 5 percent of CEO titles. For the women who do climb the corporate ladder, it can be lonely at the top — but a group called Chief is out to change that. The New York–based private network and club connects high-ranking women across industries, with the goal of fostering community and elevating more women into leadership roles. Chief launched in January with $3 million in funding and 200 founding members from such organizations as HBO, Amazon, Walmart and Instagram. (The waitlist currently exceeds 4,000.) Its flagship offering, the Core program, splits members into groups of […]

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Why This Cowboy-Themed Office Gets Its Employees Inspired to Go to Work

CoBiz Financial shares why its space is both stylish yet fun to work in. November 26, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The atmosphere of an office can significantly contribute to the culture and mood of a company. As shown in this latest episode of Office Land, from Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars, the commercial bank, CoBiz Financial prides itself on the office’s inviting, rustic design. When visitors come to CoBiz Financial’s office, they may notice the different types of work spaces, the overall functionality of the office, as well as the cowboy- and Western-influenced décor throughout the office.  As the company’s communication director, Sue Hermann, explains, the company weaves its Western-inspired design throughout other aspects of the business The ideas of “doing right by others” and “caring for others” are a main facet of CoBiz Financial’s internal culture. Click the video to hear more.  Related: The Simple Reason Content Is Still Integral to […]

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7 Ways Your Office Affects Productivity (Without Your Realizing It)

Good lighting, attention to ambient noise levels and the installation of plants are all very well. Of course, they can’t compete with pay policies. November 14, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Human behavior is hard to predict, but we know it can be significantly influenced in subtle ways. You may not just be able to drastically improve your (or your team’s) productivity by introducing a new tool that helps them stay better organized, but you may be able to boost morale and efficiency simply by changing your team’s office environment. Related: Facebook’s Utopia, Our Nightmare: Open Offices Are Destroying Productivity Subtle factors that influence productivity Your environment can shape not only how you work and stay organized, but also your mood and disposition. Take a look at these seven empirically backed factors, which could change how your team works and feels over the course of […]

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6 Companies With Amazing Office Layouts to Inspire Your Office Redesign

Wide open spaces, a petting zoo, a napping space? What will it take to make your employees stay forever? July 27, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Creating the perfect office environment is a major challenge for new and experienced entrepreneurs alike. Your workplace environment affects the morale of every member of your team, including you, and is responsible for forming that important first impression of every prospective client who walks in the door. Related: The Surprising Reason Why an Open Office Space May Not Be Great for Your Company But rather than sit and speculate about how to make your office better, why not look to some great examples of companies that have already mastered it? Key principles Throughout the following examples, you’ll see the following principles in action: Adherence to brand values and personality. First, every office seems to “fit” with the overall culture and […]

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5 Lessons I’ve Learned While Transitioning From Working at Home to a Physical Office

Here’s what you need to know before you open a brick-and-mortar location. June 11, 2018 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Remote setups give startups and small businesses the luxury of operating from anywhere in the world with a team of remote employees, in addition to eliminating a large monthly expense. They can be great — many companies thrive using this setup and I’ve run a remote setup for years, but as I’m currently pivoting my company, it requires that I transition to a physical office. I’m converting a new industrial shell into an office/warehouse combination that will allow us to store and fulfill all of the new consumer brands we are launching and do all of the marketing in-house as well. It’s been both exciting and overwhelming. During this period I’ve encountered some realities of transitioning from a remote organization to a physical office. […]

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Check Out This Beautiful and Versatile Office and Get Inspired for Your Next Workspace

Take a tour of the Boon + Gable office. April 11, 2018 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Gilman Tolle, co-founder of Boon + Gable, who shows off the company’s office space and explains the intentions behind different aspects of the space. If you’re considering building your first workspace, or if you’re ready to move into something new, check out the beautiful space Boon + Gable uses and get inspired by the open space, versatile design and homey feel. Click play to learn more. Related: What’s the Best Way to Follow Up After an Interview? Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the […]

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My Home Office Set Up and Tour

I’m taking you on a tour of my home office! This space is so important to me because it’s where I create content for all of you—I hope this video inspires you to work towards your own dream office! Pat Flynn March 19, 2018 What’s up, everybody? I’m so excited, because today I’m taking you on a tour of my home office! Whether you work from home or a coffee shop or somewhere else, you’re going to get a couple things out of this post. First, you’re just going to see the different kinds of work that I do and why it’s important to have a specific environment where you do those certain things. Second, hopefully it will also give you some inspiration for something to work toward when it comes to your own work space—because this is definitely not how it was for me in the beginning. It took […]

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